Before we get started, I should say that all of the links on this page will take you to the US version of Amazon as most of my visitors are US-based, and the lenses are Canon as Canon is a slightly more popular brand than Nikon or Pentax, etc..
I recommend everyone buys a UV filter for their camera, because although UV rays will have little effect on your photos, it does serve as a way to protect your lens. I’ve scratched my filter before, and I just threw it out.
That saved me over $1,000 on a ruined lens.
When it comes to buying filters, buy the best quality one you can afford. You don’t want your expensive glass looking through some cheap glass.
To be entirely honest with you, it’s not an amazing lens, but for the price, you won’t find much like it. It will teach you all about aperture, shooting in low light, and shallow depth of field. It’s mostly plastic however, so they’re not that sturdy. My autofocus broke, but I was done with it by then. I believe the Nikon version is better quality.
There’s a ton of lenses I could recommend you purchase when you upgrade your kit lens, but this is a pretty safe bet. I personally own the Canon 24-70 f/2.8, but at nearly $2,000; it’s a lot more money.
If you’re going to upgrade your kit lens, I would recommend that you have a look at your favourite photos and see which focal length and aperture you used for each, and then choose a lens which best suits your requirements from that.
This tripod is the best accessory I own, but it’s not cheap. For the price, you only get the legs of the tripod. But they’re strong and sturdy, not too heavy, and very easy to use and put into awkward positions.
The joystick head is my tripod head of choice as I like to be able to make quick, and minor adjustments to my framing. You simple squeeze the handle, reposition, and let go.
What have I missed from this list that you include in your camera bag?
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